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jazeera.com. >> welcome to al-jazeera. i am thomas draydon. president obama unveiled his plan for syria this afternoon. >> after careful deliberation, i have decided that the united states should take military action against syrian regime targets. >> the president says he wants approval from congress first. congress is expected to debate and vote on the issue when it comes back from recess on september 9th. president obama says the u.s. is prepared to, quote, strike whenever we choose. russian president skwlad mirror putin is adding his voice to the debate for the first time since last week's chemical weapons attack. he is urging the white house not to launch a strike against russia's ally. ez says the u.s. claims about the chemical weapons attack are utter nonsense. protesters gathered outside the white house in support of a military strike against syria. peace activists chaptered. hand off syria now while others called for obama to take action. >> the u.n. weapons team is in the netherlands. the samples are expected to be sent to lab toes around europe. they will be tested f
in three black men can expect to go to prison in their lifetime. >> even in the age of obama, something akin to a caste system is alive and well in america. the mass incarceration of poor people of color is tantamount to a new caste system, one specifically designed to address the social, political and economic challenges of our time. >> michelle alexander is a law professor who says that the disproportionate numbers of black people in prison in america today is akin to a new system of social control comparable to slavery. she says that while president obama has made some positive steps like signing legislation that reduced sentencing disparities between crack and powder cocaine, where it really counts, obama has not broken from the past. >> but the reality is, is that obama's drug control budget looks like the bush administration's. the ratio in funding vested in enforcement as opposed to prevention or drug treatment is about the same as the bush administration's. >> in the last couple of decades the prison population across the united states has risen dramatically. we just passed thre
of damascus. the inspections could get under way as soon as monday. a senior obama official says there is little doubt chemical weapons were used. >>> the fires west ofi of yosemite park are contained. the windy, dry conditions mean it is likely to superdome more. >>> the u.s. army psychiatrist convicted of murder will be back in front of a jury on monday. he is entering the penalty phase of his trial. a military jury convicted him of 35 charges including premeditated murder. one of the penalties the jury could recommend is death. those are your headlines. >>> what happens when social media uncovers unheard, fascinating news stories? >> they share it. >> social media isn't an afterthought. america. >> al-jazeera social america community online. >> this is your outlet for those conversations >> post, upload and interact. >> every night, share undiscovered stories. >> the stream, tomorrow night, while the death toll from cholera continues to rise, a new fight for justice has begun. mario joseph is the most famous lawyer in haiti. he's won landmark victories for victims of political
york our top stories at this hour. as the crisis in egypt unfolds the obama administration tries to figure out what to do with the millions in aid that goes to the ally. crews are stretched as wildfires stretch across the west, and the biggest continue to grow. plus . . . >> sometimes you get nothing, just to pay the rent. >> u.s. workers who never get a paid vacation. ♪
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